Ballina Arts Centre – May 2018

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Ballina Arts Centre

Mayo artist’s Spiritual Landscapes – art exhibition

Mayo native Marian McHale explores her local landscape and the rugged bogland near Turlough, Castlebar.  Striving to maintain the recognisable essence of the environment, by using personal concentration of composition, form, light and colour, the objective of her artistic endeavour is to expose Turlough landscapes through abstract depictions revealing their multiplicity of colour, shade and the light.

The official opening of this exhibition will be on

Thursday 3rd May, 8pm and it will run until 30th June

Admission free

Exquisite dance performance at Ballina –  ‘Merry.go.round’

Merry.Go.Round is a dance performance that examines our most human of concerns: the search for true love and what it is we call home.  Maria Nilsson Waller and Dance Limerick present this ethereal dance performance to Ballina Arts Centre audience on

Wednesday 9th May, 8pm

Tickets: €12 / €10

Artist Laura O’Connor challenges a topical issue with her exhibition – 

Uncomfortable State

This solo exhibition by artist Laura O’Connor will officially open at Ballina Arts Centre on Thursday 10th May, at 8pm.  It addresses the realities and fantasies around Irish women’s bodies.  Ireland has long been represented as female or ‘Mother Ireland’ where depictions of the country as a woman are seen through images of Kathleen Ní Houlihan or Róisín Dubh or in 19th Century caricatures as Lady Hibernia.  In the last century Irish women have been punished for their reproductive abilities and right now the country is at a point of change.  This timely exhibition challenges notions of national identity that are tied to Irish women’s bodies.  O’Connor combines sculpture, video and performance to expose the body as a site of resistance and discomfort.  The exhibition centres around the video work Uncomfortable State.  This two-channel video projection displays the artist standing in front of a green cut out of Ireland where she slowly paints her body green.  Using green screen technology O’Connor keys out her body that is then replaced in the adjacent video by footage of the Irish Sea.

This erasure of the artist’s body and replacement by the body of water travelled daily by Irish women to access abortions is a visual metaphor for how pregnant women are treated by the state.  Inspired by the Tanaiste’s 2017 comments on his “feeling uncomfortable” towards the Citizen’s Assembly decision to Repeal the Eight Amendment, O’Connor puts herself in an uncomfortable position as a challenge to these remarks.

Laura is currently finishing a practice-based PhD at Ulster University, Belfast.  She has recently exhibited at LACE Gallery, Los Angeles, Framewerk Gallery, Belfast, Townhall Cavan & RUA RED, Dublin. O’Connor is the recipient of Arts Council of Northern Ireland funding 2017, 2013 & 2011.  She is also co-founder of Wanda, Feminism and Moving Image Event in Belfast.

Runs until 30th June

Admission free

Phoenix Theatre Co presents John in Heels

This is a powerful play that tells the story of John – a man who wears heels, dresses and lingerie.  John wants to tell you why.  How it has changed him. How, maybe, it might change you.  John in Heels is a compelling monologue about the journey to feel like oneself and not be trapped by notions of normal.  John has something to share with you, it’s simple “Don’t Dream it, be it”.

Friday May 11th 8pm

Tickets: €18 / €16 Early booking advised                                         


Digital Transformations

This is a bold, exciting, and innovative international conference focusing on the cultural impacts of the digitisation of society.  This not to be missed conference and will be at Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May starting at 9am both days.  We can change the world with digital technology, but how will that technology change us?

Featuring speakers from the worlds of technology, film, arts, culture and creative industries, attendees will come face to face with the digital society, with the people who are making it happen, the artists who are trying to find meaning in it, and the academics, and policy makers who are trying to make sense of it.  You too will have a chance to participate in the debate.

This 2-day conference is bringing a panoply of speakers from Ireland, Europe and North America to share radical thinking about the digital society.

Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May starting 9am

Early registration €80 (33% Early Bird discount) 

Ballina Chamber Choir & the University of Indiana Chamber Choir

Ballina Arts Centre is delighted to welcome back Ballina Chamber Choir and its Director Niamh O’Kelly as part of Mayo International Choral Festival.   Ballina Chamber Choir will be joined by University of Southern Indiana Chamber Choir for Ballina Sings! They will be performing on Thursday 24th May, at 8pm, the choir’s Director is Daniel R Craig.  The choir’s talented violinist Felicia Schneiderreit will delight the audience with a solo.

Thursday 24th May 8pm

Tickets: €15 Early booking advised                              

The Wizard of Oz

The Shooting Stars Academy are back at Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May, at 4pm, with this popular classic about Dorothy and her dog Toto, who are whisked away to the magical land of Oz.  They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow that needs a brain, a Tin Man missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who wants courage.  The Wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West to earn his help.  This is a show not to be missed and one that all the family will truly enjoy!

Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th May 4pm

Tickets: Adults: €8.00 / Children & OAPs : €6.00 / Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children): €25.00


Monoprint Workshop

Marianne Heemskirk returns with this one day introduction workshop at Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday 12th May, 11am-4pm (with 30 min break).  Discover the techniques and methodology of Monoprint in this one day introduction workshop. Monoprinting allows considerable freedom in the approach to imagery; this is considered to be a very versatile method of printmaking.  All materials supplied.

Saturday 12th May 11am – 4pm

Price: €40 Booking essential for all workshops

Shadow Puppets Workshop

Carmel Balfe of Little Gem puppets brings her wealth of experience in puppetry to deliver a workshop in shadow puppetry on Saturday 12th May, 11am-1pm.   Exploring puppetry and having fun while also developing a good skills base is the main aim of the workshop. Suitable for children 6 +.  All materials supplied.

Saturday 12th May 11am- 1pm

Price: €15 Booking essential for all workshops

Children’s Art workshop

Elsa O’Reilly is back at Ballina Arts Centre on Saturday 9th June, 11am-1pm with her workshop which includes papercrafts and simple printmaking and often experimenting with clay and other materials.  Emphasis is on fun and creativity and making their own work of art to take home.

Saturday 9th June 11am – 1pm

Price: €15 Booking essential for all workshops

For Further information and Bookings Contact

Telephone; 096 73593



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